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KINDERHOOK TWP. – District Attorney Zack Stempien is expected to charge a 22-year-old Shawnee Shoals man with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly ran over a neighbor couple with his truck Monday night.

Prosecutors said the driver drove his Ford Ranger truck into the grass as he exited Simco Drive and struck David Sluyter, 81, and his wife Jill, 77, in front of their home around 7:30 p.m.

A neighbor near the corner of Kenaston Drive and Simco Drive heard the accident, saw the couple lying on the ground and called 911.

Lake Fire Medical rescue personnel found the woman with internal injuries and head injuries.

The man suffered severe leg injuries. Stempien said he will have to have an amputation.

A Toledo rescue helicopter arrived at the South Angola Road fire station to pick up the man. The rescue helicopter flew the man to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he continued treatment Tuesday.

LifeCare transported his wife to Cameron Hospital in Angola, Indiana, to await the Samaritan helicopter that would also transport her to Parkview. She was conscious and able to speak.

The condition of both was described as critical.

Stempien said the man appeared to have mental health issues and allegedly told Michigan State Police that a girl, who was said to be his fiancée, had been abused by the older couple for a time. The girl denied this and said she only knew the defendant through another man.

Michigan State Police arrested the man in his truck.

Stempien expected to bring the driver to trial for attempted murder late Tuesday afternoon.

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